Senator Debbie Stabenow Receives Bryce Harlow Award for Her Lifetime of Work Improving the Lives of Americans

Prestigious Award Recognizes a Public Official for their Significant Contributions to the Country Through Public Policy Senator Stabenow has passed 179 bills and provisions that have been signed into law while in Congress, including 26 in the last session.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Debbie Stabenow was selected to receive the prestigious Bryce Harlow Award, which honors an elected official whose career is built on championing the principles of integrity, dedication and professionalism — echoing the work and life of the late Bryce Harlow. In their announcement, the Bryce Harlow Foundation details Senator Stabenow’s work as a leader in creating jobs, supporting American workers and lowering the cost of health care.


Senator Stabenow has spent her life working for the people of Michigan and improving the lives of all Americans. Because of her bipartisan leadership, she has written major provisions in the majority of bills that have passed the Senate in recent years. That includes a groundbreaking new behavioral health program that has resulted in $112 million in critically needed community services for Michigan and major provisions in each of the COVID-19 rescue packages. In addition, as Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Senator Stabenow has worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass two five-year Farm Bills which, among other things, set agriculture, food, bio-energy, and rural development policies for the country. Senator Stabenow has passed 179 bills and provisions that have been signed into law while in Congress, including 26 in the last session.


A video announcing Senator Stabenow as this year’s award recipient can be found here. The video includes remarks from Dow Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO).


Bryce Harlow dedicated his life to both public service and private enterprise. During his five decades working in the nation’s capital, Harlow served as counselor to presidents, speechwriter, congressional liaison and corporate representative — and he accomplished each role with unquestioned ability and integrity, his success driven by hard work and honesty. The first Bryce Harlow Award was presented in 1982, the year following the Foundation’s special tribute to Bryce Harlow himself. A full biography of Bryce Harlow can be found here.


A video of Mayor Duggan introducing Senator Stabenow can be found here.


A video of Senator Stabenow accepting the award can be found here.